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Pernell McPhee Could Provide Flexibility Needed for Bears “Positionless” Defense

| June 2nd, 2015

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During the Miami Heat’s first championship run with Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James, Spoelstra coined the phrase “positionless basketball.” There was no set point guard or center. It was about getting the best five players on the floor and letting them play.

The Bears have the pieces to make something similar work with their front seven.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio doesn’t like when people refer to his defense as a 3-4. He quickly talks about how he shows multiple fronts and says it could be called a 5-2. What he ran with the 49ers could’ve been called a 2-4 with only Ray McDonald and Justin Smith playing with their hands in the dirt. That was the Bears plan for this year too, but McDonald is a bad person.

If you took the Bears front seven players and listed them by skill level, the only defensive lineman to crack the top seven would be Jay Ratliff. If you listed the top six pass rushers, a defensive lineman wouldn’t make the list.

What the Bears have in players like Lamarr Houston, Sam Acho, Pernell McPhee and Christian Jones is the ability to change their scheme on every play. They also seem to love Shea McClellin, who, in theory, could play anywhere and young players like David Bass and Cornelius Washington. Jared Allen has only played left end in his career, but moving him around could give him a second wind.

In the comparison with the Heat, McPhee is LeBron James. McPhee isn’t an all-time great player at his position, but he has a unique blend of size and athleticism that makes him flexible and difficult for opponents to deal with. In basketball, you see James post up, shoot three pointers and bring the ball up the court. McPhee can rush the passer from anywhere on the field and, occasionally, drop back in coverage.

While certainly not a strength, McPhee can drop in the middle of the field and allow Jones and/or McClellin to rush outside. McPhee can go outside and allow Houston inside, or vice versa. He can stunt with Allen and work around Ratliff if teams try to bully them. He’s the perfect piece for a creative coordinator.

If the Bears use McPhee like Baltimore did, opponents won’t be able to give him extra attention. If they do, it will free up rush lanes for other players. We could see Allen rejuvenate his career as a secondary pass rusher much like Julius Peppers did with the Packers.

If McPhee is consistently able to attack — and beat — the opposing team’s weakest point, the rest of the players will be able to feed off of it. If Houston and Acho can consistently win, it will help Allen and McPhee rack up sacks.

With this group, the Bears shouldn’t have to rush more than four very often, but they have more than four guys who they can send.

The Bears have a long, long way to go before they’ll be a good defense. But, at the very least, they can be a confusing defense. Instead of thinking about who is a Mike, a Jack, a Sam, a 3-tech or a 5-tech, they’ll be able to just worry about who attacks and from where and opposing offenses will have to worry about the same.

The key is McPhee.

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  • BearDown100393

    Pretty sure Mel Tucker’s defense exclusively used a positionless football last season. And it stunk.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      come on… they all had a position, it just happened that several of the players were distracted by pretty butterflies and were not paying attention. Kinda like in the peewee leagues.

      • BearDown100393

        My kid does that in soccer.

        • SC Dave

          I coached a kid like that once. It was kinda cool, trying to make a boring thing like a ball more interesting than a pretty insect.

    • Scharfinator

      His system wasn’t meant to be positionless though. The lack of player execution certainly made it seem that way though.

  • Magic > Lebron.

  • BerwynBomber

    Keep in mind that Spoelstra instituted that strategy because the Heat had a) no true center, and b) no true point guard. So It was born out of necessity and hardly an optimal system. Had the Heat had a true 5 they might have won three or four titles. They were a small team that often got murdered on the boards.

    • SC Dave

      And the Spurs were there too.

  • Sactowns#1

    I’m picking up what you’re putting down Jeff. It sounds like there’s an opportunity for a very complex, dynamic and fluid defense. McPhee was a great addition and I think we’ll see much higher sack totals than we have in the past.
    If they truly are talking about shifting so many pieces from situation to situation maybe it explains why they are so high on Shea. People have talked about his football IQ and I’ve heard he’s making all the calls on D. Perhaps he’s really excelling at it and getting better at reading the offense.

    • It’s not Jeff, but his Cutty Doppelganger Andrew.

      Yes, it’s an “amoeba” defense (play with the Pats on Madden), which can confuse offenses, but can also confuse dumb defenders trying to execute it. It’s almost opposite of the cover 2 base where the focus is more on technique than assignment – we might see Conte-ish breakdowns early as the players familarize themselves with the scheme.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Thing is, technique IS assignment. Read your man/gap, execute your technique–that’s the assignment.

        Complex defenses are not all that complex to the individuals executing them. Especially on the line. And that’s where most of the “complexity” is in a hybrid front.

  • Also, since I stopped following basketball seriously a long time ago, I think McPhee is more of a Toni Kukoc than Lebron at this point in his career.

    Whoever bet they’d get a Kukoc reference today won.

  • Like Andrew said, it’s not just McPhee though. Lamarr Houston can play every position McPhee can. McClellin and Jones are apparently going to play ILB but fit just as well at OLB, IMO. Ratliff, Ferguson, and Goldman can all play DT or DE.
    Trying to follow the D this season is going to be very difficult.

    • Bender McLugh

      nah, just see how many yards/points they give up.

  • I for one am very excited about the possibilities with the McPhee/Houston duo. Lorin, the guy who runs the site I write for, wrote about this before the draft (http://dabearsbeat.com/2015/03/12/mcphee-and-houston-give-bears-endless-options/ ).

    Imagine a Nascar package with those 2 as the DTs in a 2-4-5 nickel look, and Jared Allen with Acho/Young/Bass coming off the edge as OLBs…

    • The GP

      I simply do not think Willie Young has ANY game where his hand is not down.

      It’s a stretch to think that Allen, who spent his whole career developing speed moves on turf with his hand down is going to suddenly square up and stand up, and flow to the ball – stunt – do backside pursuit and whole bunch of things he has no idea to do. With Wille Young, the suspension of disbelief is absolute.

      I wouldn’t be shocked to see Young dealt with Sutton for other players. If I am Pace, this is what I am working on.

      • What would you want for Young or Sutton?

        • The GP

          THe problem with that is: Sutton is a proto 3tech guy. Young a classic 4-3 DE. So you deal them to a 4-3 team, you aren’t going to get the players on D you want back. The safeties would not be 3-4 safeties, who need to be bigger and do more in the Troy P mold.

          So I’d deal them for OL to a 4-3 club that wanted depth. Who is loaded up at guard and RT that needs 4-3 DL depth?

          • NewBearInTown

            The problem is (and I’ve posted about this before), most clubs are switching to 3-4 these days. The “prototypical” 4-3 players are in a buyer’s market because there are so few teams that want them.

            Clay Matthews would have been in the same situation 20 years ago when most teams ran a 4-3.

            The best thing is for the Bears to find ways to get those players on the field. I think Fangio will be able to do that.
            Remember, we’re not really running a true two-gap 3-4. Fangio still runs a one-gap system, and he uses lots of hybrid/multiple fronts. If Sutton is a productive 3-tech, he’ll do well coming in when we play a 4-2 nickel.

          • The GP

            I agree with this. We need to be able to go from 1-gap 3-4 back to 4-2 nickel in two main packages.

          • Fangio runs a 2-4 nickel where the “OLBs” have basically identical roles to 4-3 DEs, making it look like a 4-2 nickel. Potato, potahto

          • I also wonder what kinda draft picks we could get for either.

            Young looked studly, but only one year production and coming off an inj.
            Sutton is unproven.

            Not sure we’d get more than what we invested in them at this point.

            And I always have Mathis/Freeney in the back of my mind

            Both classic undersized Cover 2 DEs, one bombed, one succeeded.

            Maybe we get lucky and get one that pans out.

      • I really don’t think pass rush as a 4-3 DE and as a 3-4 OLB is all that different. They’ll be just fine if they’re healthy.

        They’ll both be situational pass rushers. Go in, get after the QB. Just like you’ve been doing your whole life.

  • The GP

    Flash poll:

    One of these two people WON the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on the ESPYs. Who do you think it was?

    http://tinyurl.com/qgh7skc

    • BearDown100393

      Click bait

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      why do you have a picture of Geena Davis? I thought the Arthur Ashe was given to people associated with sports… surely they don’t think her work in the ‘A League of Their Own’ makes her worthy of a sports award.

      • beninnorcal

        It’s not Geena Davis, it’s Bruce Jenner

        • I’m pretty sure he knows that.

          • BerwynBomber

            A classic clip … never fails to deliver.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          lol but the resemblance is uncanny.

    • Sactowns#1

      Well I would say as the award was named after gay athlete who rose to the top of the game when being gay wasn’t exactly welcome news this is a fitting winner.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Arthur Ashe wasn’t gay. He got HIV from a blood transfusion during bypass surgery.

  • BerwynBomber

    Move over Jay Cutler. There’s a new sheriff in town …

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/12999264/cam-newton-carolina-panthers-agree-extension

    • Johnnywad

      Holy shit.

    • The Seahawks just winced.

    • Irish Sweetness

      ” …. it puts me somewhat in cruise control at the moment.”

      Ain’t that the truth. Bye, Cam.

  • If I’m Ryan Pace (and I’m not) I offer Jets Martellus Bennett & a
    second rounder for Mo Wilkerson. They may not take it. But they’ll
    pause. – Jeff

    Yeah, doubt they’d take it, but Mo would be a nice addition esp since McDonald went Titus Young.

    Like Jeff reminded, he’s only 25 so if we’re on the 3 yr plan, he’d be 28ish when we’re lifting the SB trophy.

    • Irish Sweetness

      The time to do that was when they were shopping Marshall. They raped us.

      Ironically, they’re now maybe capable of playing the 46 D now that Rex is gone and they have the line.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Can we all agree to nickname McPhee “Nanny” and move towards confusing newcomers with our inside jokes?

    • Viva

      I’m in.

  • BearDown100393

    “choked me, dragged and tried to remove me from the house and put his knee in my stomach when I was 10 weeks pregnant.” Sad stuff. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28235326/ray-mcdonalds-ex-claims-former-49er-repeatedly-attacked

    • But good old George didn’t want to get her side of the story from anybody, because she carries too much bias.

      Still wiping egg off his stupid mug, the little fucker. Talking about doing it the right way while hiring somebody who’s been doing that for over a year (with police involved, so it’s not like he can claim ignorance).

      • Like I said before, I don’t think George could’ve interviewed her because the case was on-going and eventually settled without McDonald getting convicted. If I were her lawyer, no way do I allow my client to talk to anyone about it.

        • BearDown100393

          You would think that might have at least caused the traffic light in George’s mind to go from green to yellow.

    • Bender McLugh

      accusations

      • BearDown100393

        Also violated the court’s restraining order. McDonald is facing a tough road ahead with the legal system.

        • Bender McLugh

          without a doubt. I sincerely hope he didn’t do these things he’s accused of.

        • He’ll definitely get it for violating the restraining order, but we’ll see about the rest of the stuff.

          According to her, he goes over to her apt (which he pays for) at 3am wanting the baby, knocks down the door, then just changes his mind and leaves without the baby?

          If a 6’4 280 pound angry dude wants something, he usually gets it.

          Also, he supposedly showed up with a driver, and the early reports have him saying he didn’t knock down the door (a fact which can easily be verified), and on top of that she doesn’t even call the cops, but her mom, who in turn calls the cops.

          I’m not saying he’s innocent. He could indeed be guilty of doing everything she accused him of, and he should be off the team for being a bozo period, but there’s a lot of fishy stuff going on on both sides.

          I’ve seen Jerry Springer relationships first hand, and the girl is often as crazy as the dude, which makes sense.

          • BearDown100393

            The one who loses most in this sad situation is the child.

          • Yeah, the child is a pawn in their little Jerry Springer episode, and NOTHING drives a parent crazier than his/her ex threatening “You won’t ever see your kid again.”.

            I’ve seen perfectly rational peaceful parents turn into the Hulk when that happens.

            If McDonald is guilty, they need to throw the book at him since it’s not an isolated incident.

            But each case I read is followed by, “Police debating whether to press charges” and it leaves me wondering, if it’s so obvious, what the hell are they waiting for?

          • BearDown100393

            Perhaps a collaborating witness or evidence less circumstantial. Who really knows?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude, when you get the “You won’t ever see your kid again.” line …. I would honestly rather burn to death than hear those words again. You make noises you’ve never heard a human make. It only takes about a minute to burn to death. Piece of piss.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    From @ChiBearsAD. Pernell McPhee could be the key to Bears running “positionless defense” in 2015. Read: http://dabearsblog.com/2015/pernell-mcphee-could-provide-flexibility-needed-for-bears-positionless-defense
    “Positionless Defense.”

    It sounds SO much better than…

    “Defenseless Defense.”

  • AlbertInTucson

    Jimmy Fallon tonight on the resignation of FIFA President, Sepp Blatter :

    “It just goes to show you, you can’t trust a 79 year old Blatter.
    They ALWAYS have to go.”

  • Viva

    Da Hawkcse!

  • Scharfinator

    I usually think the logic of your articles is pretty sound. However, after Willie Young’s last year, how do you suggest he isn’t in the top 7 of our D?

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ll take “Who’s not playing for the Bears this year” for 200 Alex …..

    • Injury timeline. If he’s healthy, he’ll likely be a situational pass rusher, but will he be healthy?

      • Scharfinator

        Did he get hurt in the final last year or something? I was unaware.. but by then I had checked out on the Bear’s season anyway.

        • beninnorcal

          Torn ligament I think. It was toward the end of the year.

          • torn Achilles. That’s a brutal one to recover from.

  • The GP

    Here is the complete training camp schedule

    Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais

    Thursday July 30: 9:35 a.m. (no pads)
    Friday July 31: 11:15 a.m. (no pads)
    Saturday Aug. 1: 9:35 a.m.
    Sunday Aug. 2: 11:15 a.m.
    Monday Aug. 3: 9:35 a.m.
    Tuesday Aug. 4: Off Day
    Wednesday Aug. 5: 11:15 a.m.
    Thursday Aug. 6: 9:35 a.m.
    Friday Aug. 7: 11:15 a.m.
    Saturday Aug. 8: 11:35 a.m. (Family Fest at Soldier Field)
    Sunday Aug. 9: Off Day
    Monday Aug. 10: 11:15 a.m.
    Tuesday Aug. 11: 9:35 a.m.
    Wednesday Aug. 12: Off Day
    Thursday Aug. 13: Bears vs. Dolphins at Soldier Field
    Friday Aug. 14: Off Day
    Saturday Aug. 15: 11:15 a.m.
    Sunday Aug. 16: 9:35 a.m.

    • BearDown100393

      The Bears and the school do a great job allowing fans of all ages to enjoy the camp practices. If you have smaller kids, they do have (or at least in the past few seasons) a kid friendly section for games/activities. Considering there is no charge, it is pretty impressive. Cheap advice – if you go on the weekend, arrive early. 1000s of fans show up for the practices. Worth a bit of time to wait in line early before they let people in the practice area versus showing up late and missing out.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Your symbols are strange, to a primitive, uneducated caveman like me …..

  • NewBearInTown

    I don’t disagree that the Bears are hoping for big things from McPhee this year. But here’s my big issue: Do we really believe that if McPhee tears his Achilles in the first game of the season that the wheels fall off the whole thing?
    I don’t. McPhee will be productive. He’ll be moved around a lot. He will be put in a position to put up big numbers. But the scheme will be much more important this year than any individual player.

    • I’m usually an optimistic guy, but I’m also a “wait and see” evaluator.
      We were in the same boat last year with Houston and Young. I was actually more excited about Young than Houston because of the tape I saw on him.
      Said it from the start, Houston is a good run defender and little more (but at that time, we REALLY needed to shore that up, so I liked the signing).

      Young looked much more explosive in the limited snaps he got with the Lions, and the price was a bargain, so give Emery props there.

      McPhee for me falls somewhere in between Houston-Young in my enthusiasm meter. He’ll be a solid player like Houston, and provide some splash plays like Young, but I don’t see him as “dominant” –

      Ravens are pretty good at evaluating defensive ballers, and I wonder why McPhee didn’t go full time.

      But who knows? Maybe McPhee takes it up a notch now that he’s not overshadowed by Suggs and Ngata.

      • Trac

        The Ravens will miss McPhee. He’s a luxury they couldn’t afford.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Maybe he takes it down a notch given their absence?

  • Now that the Newton deal is in place, I wonder if the Seahawks become the first team to walk away from a “franchise QB” because the price is too high?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/03/is-cam-newton-deal-the-floor-or-ceiling-for-russell-wilson/

    Pete is pretty bold. He was bold in giving a 3rd round pick a real chance to start over a then newly expensive FA QB.

    Maybe he goes rogue again. Maybe he trades Wilson to the Bills/Texans/Jets for a Ricky Williams type draft trove and re-loads while going with a QB like Sanchez who coached at USC.

    • BearDown100393

      Nah, what Pete needs to do is trade a couple of first rounders for an aloof veteran gunslinger

    • BerwynBomber

      Can’t see it. Wilson’s too good.

      But it might happen one day with a Cutler-like average/highly overpaid/rarely gets you to the playoffs QB. Either that or the NFL QB market will continue to be insane.

      • Yeah, there has to be a breaking point somewhere. The cap won’t keep going up ad infinitum.

        The great thing about Wilson is that he doesn’t turn over the ball, which always gives your D-centered team a chance.

        However, he did throw 4 picks vs the Pack in the playoffs, so who knows.

        • BerwynBomber

          He had a bad game in the NFCC. (Rodgers didn’t light it afire either.) But Wilson’s efficiency stats are waaaaaaay up there in terms of the top of league. Moreover the kid wins.

          One could argue he has benefitted from a tremendous D and the Beast but his receivers have also never been other worldly while he has been there. Different type of QB but to me he’s nearly as good Brady/Manning/Rodgers/R-berger/Brees/Romo. His career QR is almost 100.

          • It’s interesting that the Hawks went with a stud TE in Graham (who can’t block) instead of say Bmarsh.

            Graham for a first or Bmarsh (who can probably block better than Graham) for a 5th seems like a no brainer to me, but I guess after Harvin they don’t want locker room primadonnas.

          • BerwynBomber

            Interesting point. Hadn’t considered that option.

            But even beyond the locker room cancer rep, Marshall (fairly or unfairly) has never been viewed as a wow factor/re-inventing the position type as Graham has. Plus, BMarsh may have an extra year or two in mileage/injuries on his body.

            Still, it is an interesting question: Graham for a first (and a starting O-lineman, right?) or BMarsh for a fifth, and I would probably agree with you if having to choose. I thought the Saints did all right in that trade. The Jimmy Graham/Greg Olsen type TEs are nice toys but they have their downside, mainly that they block worse than some WRs (BMarsh and Alshon, to name a couple).

          • Irish Sweetness

            Graham AND Brandon. Imagine that. Cost em a 4th. Best O, best D. Dynasty.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And he learned not to turn it over long before becoming a nine-year vet. We expect Cutty to change his spots?

      • Johnnywad

        I am beginning to think we’ll see a market shift back to dominant defenses in the next 5-7 years. If quarterbacks continue to get this kind of money, the market will dictate something on that order.

        You can build a pretty badass defense with Cam Newton money.

        • willbest

          You mean like the 19-mil a year Suh is getting? Top talent is going to chew up 10-14% of your salary cap no matter where it is. You aren’t going to be able to stock up on elite D talent, because they all are getting pay raises too. Its just in contrast to the QB they look more sane.

          • Johnnywad

            No. I don’t mean like Suh at all. He’s transcendent at the position. Can Newton, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, etc., are not. You’re comparing a likely HOF player at his position to a bunch of average to above average players at theirs. Outside of Suh, what other DT commands a problematic salary?

          • willbest

            All of them? The difference between Andy Dalton and Josh McCown is 13 million. That buys you 1 elite player. And it doesn’t make your team better than Andy Dalton would. Alternatively you can bust it up and get a couple 10th-30th ranked talent, but building team chemistry is as easy to say as “build through the draft” and as hard to do as well.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            there is a lot more different than 13 mill between Dalton and McCown.

          • Johnnywad

            McCown’s contract is not a very good example either. You’ve used two aberrations to illustrate your point. YOU CHERRY PICKER!!!

            My contention is that there are only a very small handful of quarterbacks worth Cam Newton money, when wins and losses are considered. He’s not one of them. Their contracts are driven by an utter shortage of perceived top flite talent. Sooner or later, teams will be forced to get off the elevator and begin to look at how to beat elite quarterbacks. And it won’t be with overpaid mediocre ones.

            You don’t pay one elite player on defense to build a great unit. You need B+/A- players at most positions. I believe that will be the only real chance teams that don’t have Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady or Russell Wilson in his third season,will be able to win championships. Teams that pay Cam Newton will suffer the consequences. Is Kuechly still on his rookie deal? What will that contract look like? Can the Panthers compete with two players? That’s my point.

          • willbest

            I didn’t cherry pick anything Hoyer, Sanchez, Cassel, McCown, 5 million is the going rate for stop gap QB. Your problem is that you somehow think you can rank players and find some sort of best fit model whereby you can upgrade 4-5 positions from B-/C+ to A-/B+. It doesn’t work that way. Your B- guy might have an up year, or benefit from a scheme change you employed, and that B+ guy you got to replace him with might have a down year or not work as well in your scheme as he did in his old one. Past the elite guys who show up at the top every year, there is a lot of fluidity. This is why teams tend to spend half their salary cap on 5-7 guys.

          • Johnnywad

            I have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.

            You clearly disagree. That’s fine. I’m guessing what the future holds anyway. Who the hell knows if I’m right.

            To me, it seems the Cold War type spending on the 12th to 20th ranked QB’s in the league will prove unsupportable. I believe, in the next five years or so, we’ll start to see teams letting Cam Newton walk in favor of building a better overall team. You don’t. Got it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      To date, I believe Wilson’s cost them about $1.5 Million TOTAL so far.

  • The GP
    • “It feels good. I’m not thinking about it at all,” Mills said. “Veterans that I talk to that had the same injury [told me] last year, you think you’re perfect, but it takes a year to be back.”

      If he is indeed recovered, that would be a bonus. I still think his best position is OG, but we’ll have some decent competition on that line: Leno, Mills, Ola, Montgemery, Grasu, Fabuleje.

      I expect Leno, Grasu and Fab to really put the heat on the projected starters.

  • Trac

    The frustrating part of having a new regime in Halas Hall is that everything at this point is pure speculation. It seems akin to reinventing the wheel when it comes to moving all our players around.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/03/jared-allen-having-fun-with-move-to-linebacker/

    • “My body feels fresher because I’m not banging every single day and putting my hands on a 300-plus pounder and banging heads and that kind of stuff,” Allen said, via ESPN.com. “I like it because it is testing my football IQ. I’ve always loved the game and have always been a student of the game.”

      That’s what I figured too. I was very impressed by how smart he was. I remember one play in particular when he took one step upfield, recognized the screen immediately, peeled off and disrupted the play. He diagnosed it very quickly; I think that type of awareness will benefit him standing up where he can survey even more, esp pre-snap.

      Plus, like he said, he won’t be banging up against 300 pounders, or getting double teamed as often now, so that should serve to keep the old silver back fresher.

      Now it’s just a matter of footwork and taking proper angles. I doubt he’s used to backpeddling or shuffling from side to side, so that’s going to be challenging.

      Maybe he can play some soccer or go on dancing with the stars or something to help him out with the feet.

      • Allen’s never had the freakish physical attributes you see in most DEs. His success was due to intelligence, technique, and never giving up over just showing up and being a physical freak (a la Julius Peppers).

        EDIT: not to say Peppers has bad technique or anything like that. Just that Peppers hasn’t need the extra stuff as much because his physical gifts were so overwhelming. Allen has always needed to master his craft in order to excel at it.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Taco Bell is going “upscale” in Chicago location, and serving alcohol.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/taco-bell-going-start-serving-183750465.html

    Taco Bell and upscale should never be used in the same sentence.

    • SC Dave

      No shit

      • BearDown100393

        I think they tried those exact 2 words in a sales pitch. Didn’t sound convincing to me.

    • Demolition Man is prophetic.

    • The GP

      They will serve Brawndo. It’s got electrolytes.

  • BearDown100393

    Hawks win!

    • AlbertInTucson

      ..a game that that had no business winning, Outshot, Ouhit and less than 50% on faceoffs.

      The difference: The Cro’ stones Callaghan’s chance to go up 2 in the third.

      Tampa will be shaking their heads for a while after THIS one.

      • Viva

        I think we outplayed them in the last two. Cro was lights-out! When you have D that are 6’7″ with a looong reach you have to snipe, which they were able to to. (The psychology, pucker factor, of giving up a goal is real, especially in the playoffs. Both ways – good for Hawksce, bad for Tampa.)

      • Viva

        To make it easier, if our team has been outhit and outshot, can we just blend the words and say they’ve been outshit?

      • BearDown100393

        The Hawks capitalized on Lightning mistakes. Tampa Bay in turn did not.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Still, hawks win!

      • that game ended up pretty even overall. Hawks got dominated early but had the better of things, more or less, in the last 2 periods. Ended up with pretty comparable stats.

        23/21 shots
        29/21 hits
        30/27 faceoffs
        12/11 giveaways
        5/5 takeaways

        So TB (1st team listed) had slightly better stats, but overall pretty even IMO

        • AlbertInTucson

          I think Tampa has to be shaking their heads thinking “We let them steal this one.”

          • after that start? For sure. But the Hawks evened it out overall. Even games come down to goaltending, and Crawford was better.

          • willbest

            It sort of looked like they didn’t realize they were playing hockey until about 15 minutes into the 2nd. Hawks have been looking like that a lot this year.

          • Big Mike

            The tempo was off for the Hawks, they were playing the Ducks still. Took awhile to adjust their game.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Worse: “We silenced their big guns and we STILL lost. At HOME.”

          • Big Mike

            They are only something like 5-5 at home in the playoffs.

          • AlbertInTucson

            They were 5-5 going into last night. Lost opener at home to Detroit and game 3 at home to the Rangers. It would be a mistake to think losing last night means “They’re Done”.

          • Big Mike

            I just love the way the Hawks handled the Lightning’s fast start. Whether it was the Hawks changing their game and upping their tempo, or TB sitting back with a 1 goal lead, we won the first game. Crawford stepped up big. TB just got a dose of “uh oh”.

          • willbest

            They were showing their Bishop’s stats and apparently he is an elite on the road and mediocre at home. Apparently, the guy doesn’t like people cheering for him or something.

      • The GP

        The Lightning goal was on a deflection and a pretty lucky one at that.

        Hawkcse goals were back of net, 2nd one top shelf, no questions asked. So while the Lightning had more SOG, the Hawks made those count.

  • You know, every year ONE team makes a surprise run, and one (or more playoff teams) regress.

    I don’t see why the Bears can’t be that team that makes the run, and a team like the Lions (who were 11-5) that team that regresses.

    Lions made that run with essentially the same talent but with a new coaching regime.

    I would argue that the Bears, on paper, are as talented as the Lions (esp now that Suh is gone), and like them in ’14, we now have real coaching (superior coaching, IMO).

    So why not?

    This isn’t like the old NFL when it takes HCs a few seasons to mold the team. Both GMs and HCs in the modern NFL hit the ground running, like Carrol, Harbs, or even Caldwell.

    What “talent” did we really lose from ’13 besides an unmotivated Pepp and Bmarsh (which we now have White)?

    I think our Oline will be improved, and god knows our D can’t be worse, and the additions of McPhee, Houston, Young, Goldman and more seasoned Fuller, Sutton, Ego, Jones etc under Fangio should be much superior.

    So drink the koolaid, 11-5 here we come!

    (Just don’t peak at the schedule).

    • BerwynBomber

      Been saying it for months … the Cheese regress the coming year. Reasons? NFCC meltdown hangover. Rodgers due for a semi-mortal TD/INT ratio year. A secondary that lost a couple of key CBs. Sketchy MLBs. Injuries averaging out (after avoid anything devastating this past year except Raji’s torn biceps and then Rodger’s late-season calf tear).

      Could see the NFCN turning into a four-team 9-7 dogfight.

      • willbest

        I can’t, unless we are this years NFC South or every years AFC South.

        The cheese go at least 4-2 in the division and 7-1 at home (that is 8 wins right there) unless Rodgers missed time. Toss in the Raiders and that is 9 with 6 more games to achieve 10-11 wins.

        Unless Vinny’s grandson figures out how to run an offense the Lions aren’t going to win more than 6 games without Suh.

        Minny with AP, and Teddy B in his second year along with all their developing first rounders… now that is a team that could push the Packers for 10-11 wins.

        Bears are a complete unknown at this point, but I just feel no better than 8-8. Now I think it will be a satisfying 8-8 with arrows pointing up. So that in 2016 we are making real playoff noise when Pox can get rid of the Emery/Tres deadwood on the roster that they are financially stuck with this year.

        • Minny is trying to emulate the SEA formula. Beastly HB, game-managing QB (though Wilson adds another layer of danger with his legs) and a tough D.

          They’ll play ball control and keep away from Rodgers, which might win.

          GB has always been run over by AP, and with a rested angry AP, and a GB D which is suspect, I don’t see that changing much.

          Bridgewater is the wild card.

          • willbest

            Black and Blue has been the MO of the NFC North for years. Although not so much the last few years.

          • Yeah, with Rodgers-Jordy-Cobb, Lesbo-Mega, Cutty-Bmarsh-Alshon, it’s been a shooting gallery the last few seasons.

            Queens have been the only team in the div. to stick to the run first philo, mostly because they had not choice. They’ve had shitty QBs and a stud HB in AP.

            Goes to show how awesome AP is. He’s carried that team almost singlehandedly, kinda like Sanders for the Lions or Sweetness in those early years.

        • BerwynBomber

          Only six wins for DET? Can’t see that at all.

          And what are you talking about this year’s NFC South? The “winner” of that division went 7-9 last year. The division was horrid.

          I said a 9-7 dogfight. How would that be the NFC South?

          • SC Dave

            Perhaps a 7-9 dogfight?

          • BerwynBomber

            With two post-season teams from last year? I can’t see that.

          • willbest

            Really? You see them holding teams 17 points or less 11 times next year without Suh?

          • BerwynBomber

            I think their offense will somewhat adjust for his loss.

            But you are talking about an 11 win team dropping to six wins. Would be a near free-fall. Plus, as much as Stafford is infected with the Cutty gene, he did play some clutch ball last year. A nice step forward by him.

      • Teams w/ those stud QBs don’t regress. Look at Brady… 10+ wins and the division every damn year for a decade straight now. Same with Peyton. Luck and Rodgers both headed that direction.

        • I think part of that though in those examples have been weak divisions, not that teams with “stud” QBs don’t regress.

          AFC East/ South have been a joke for a while now outside a few aberrant seasons like the Jets in Sanchize early years, or Texans here and there.

          Look at Rothisburger and the Steelers. They have definitely regressed some years. And to a lesser “stud” extent, Flacco and Rivers. Brees’ saints too.

          True, when a franchise has a truly top 5 QB it gives them an advantage over their poorer QBed division, but it’s no lock, or even likely, really.

          Rodgers is in a league by himself IMO, so he’s sort of the exception.

          A stud QB in a crappy division = 10+wins.

          • The true studs of the last generation were Brady and Manning… everybody else was a half step or more below, IMO.
            The true stud of this generation is Rodgers… everybody else is a half step or more below, IMO.
            The true stud of the next generation is Luck… everybody else is a half step or more below, IMO.
            Those 4 have combined to win their division 27/28 seasons, with the one exception being a year the Colts went 12-4 and got a WC spot.
            If you have one of those once-in-a-generation QBs, you win a TON of regular season games, because it takes a really good team to beat you. That happens in the playoffs somewhat consistently, but not enough in the regular season.

          • I think their dominance, Brady, Manning and Luck has had more to due with their division, IMO.

            Roth, Brees, Rivers have played at a very high level, some years better than Brady, Manning, and esp Luck.

            Luck sorta proves my point. I’m not as high on him as some. To me, he seems like a more mobile Favre – he turns it over A LOT, more than Brees did, that’s for sure.

            But, he just so happens to play in a division that had Gabbert, Schuab, and Locker, all of whom are barely backups now.

    • Trac

      They’re gonna have to have more players that show up other than Rat and Bennett.

      https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/01/21/2014-pff-all-nfc-north-team/

      • That’s an interesting breakdown, but it’s somewhat skewed on a few levels.

        1. I would argue Trestman/BubbaGump actually retarded the talent level of the entire team, and many simply quit, thus putting them at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the NFCN.

        That has been remedied.

        2. While it’s true, other teams might have superior talent at certain positions, the gap isn’t astronomical (except QB with Rodgers).

        So for instance, are Sitton and Lang better than Long? Maybe…in 14, but it’s not by much.
        Same with Lacy-vs-Forte, Mathis-v-Fuller, or even Alshon-v-Jordy.

        Bears sorely lack ELITE studs like Rodgers, Suh, Matthews, AP, but the Bears have plenty of B-level players who can win, guys like Alshon, Forte, Bennett, Long, Rat and maybe now McPhee, Houston, Young, etc. and with a little inj luck, real coaching and some momentum, can make a push.

      • SC Dave

        ha ha ha…lolo.. Lacy > Forte? ha ha ha… lol… no sense reading any further

        • Trac

          Don’t laugh, he had a good year and he’ll only get better.

          http://www.nfl.com/player/eddielacy/2540168/careerstats

        • Lacy outplayed Forte in 2014, IMO.

          • BerwynBomber

            Helps when you have Rodgers and GB’s passing attack. GB’s O-line was much improved too.

        • Joecashflow

          Lacy 4.62 YPC>Forte 3.9 YPC . Lacy better after first contact.

    • it would take a lot of things going right. Not impossible, but not terribly likely either, IMO.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I’m almost willing to settle for fewer games I have to turn off at halftime.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i hope they don’t implement this type of tax at my office, because there is no better/quicker way to end a meeting that has gone on too long.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25205413/broncos-enforce-fart-tax-in-meetings-von-miller-is-fined-most-frequently?FTAG=YHF7e3228e

    • willbest

      Maybe its one of those when the coach is talking and you purposefully rip a loud one.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Anyone here at the training camp in ’86?

    • Trac

      86 that thot! It’s 2015!

    • Is that a GRAVEYARD in the background?

      Ominous for the Bears’ next 30 years.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Tossing this positionless defense idea around, a variation on the theme might be the best bet for us. To wit, put our best front 7 out there, not three linemen and four linebackers, just because it’s a “3-4”. Our players should govern the look, not some arbitrary adhesion to the 3-4. If our best 7 is 5 DL and 2 LBs, then so be it. Give us plenty of that, with illiams and Goldman in the middle of a five man line with Allen and McPhee in behind, Amos up for the run.

    • much more likely that they have too many LBs and not enough DL, IMO.

      Either way, I expect we’ll see plenty of DL looks with anywhere from 2 to 4 DL.

  • The GP
  • Trac

    This has got to be the most lack luster off season Jeff’s put in, to date. Truly uninspiring Jeff.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      that’s a little harsh but i have to agree. with all the new faces from the front office/coaches/players/support staff, you would think there would be a lot to write about. I guess we can just be thankful that Dennehy picked up the slack a little.

    • Yeah, I mean, this is the first time in franchise history we’re moving to a “3-4”. That’s gotta be worth SOMETHING.
      Jeff could discuss the “Jack”, “The Elephant”, 2-gap vs 1-gap, over/under maybe throw in some history or distinguish between other 3-4s like Texans, Steelers

      Yah know, a get to know you.

      I realize most fans on here are pretty knowledgeable, but the casual fan who clicks on here might not. Heck, sometimes I forget.

      Also, like Penis mentioned, so much new personnel, a lil background and Jeff’s slant on it might be nice.

      Or, at the risk of instigating another civil war, weigh in on Cam-v-Cutler contract, or what he thinks about Forte riding out his contract year, or Bennett being a no-show and what he would do (he hints he wants to trade him to Jets on twitter).

      All kinds of stuff – but hey, I get it. Sometimes as a writer you’re just uninspired and “meh”,

      I think that’s the difference between journalist and writers. Journalists sorta have to churn in out daily, inspired or not, like an automaton, which takes a certain type of skill, like a porn star orgasming on call.

      Writers tend to write when they feel there’s something to writer about, and in the meanwhile, Dannehy Auto Parts.

      • It’s a blog. Jeff writes what he wants to write and doesn’t feel pressure to put stuff out just for the sake of putting it out, especially in the offseason. I respect him for that.

        • Trac

          But it’s rather unsporting when the vets skip OTA’s, don’t you think old chap?

        • eh. Can’t complain. I wrote for Artoo and Ender’s blog, but during the season, and I don’t think I could churn out articles regularly (though mine were a bit more in depth)

          Old theatre trick. Keep them wanting more.

          • Trac

            Would you please post the link to Artoo’s site butch?

          • Oh, yeah, but I don’t even know if it’s still up lol I think the Bears writers were me, Artoo, Ender, and Lorin, so all you’ll get from my articles are the 2013 Bears, but the rest might’ve kept up

            (I didn’t think the 2014 Bears were worth my creative energy).

            http://profootballnetworks.com/category/chicago-bears/

          • Oh, and I also twitted with Artoo like last week when I popped back on, and he’s out of Cali and back to the South. He does NOT like the dirty humidity , but Cali kinda spoils a person lol

      • Trac

        I guess Jeff must be “feeling” uninspired. I suggest a change of venue Jeff, maybe the tropics for a season or two. He he.

      • BerwynBomber

        Cam vs. Cutler. Hah! Like it’s even a comparison. Although the Newton contract is silly too. Just not as idiotic as Jay’s.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    was trying to do a little research on Sam Acho, still don’t know much about him. I found out his middle name is ‘Onyedikachi’ anyone want to attempt to pronounce that? has anyone seen him play when he was with the Cardinals?

  • Wow, what’s going on in SF?

    “Anthony Davis, a 25-year-old offensive tackle who was the 11th overall pick in the
    2010 NFL draft, said in a statement that he is retiring from football.

    Davis had started every game for all five of his NFL seasons until last year, when he missed nine games during an injury-plagued season. Of particular concern was a late-season concussion which had lingering
    symptoms.”

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/05/49ers-anthony-davis-retires-at-age-25/#comments

    Can the NFL force “no early retirement clauses” into rook contracts?

    That’s crazy. Players are very cognizant and seemingly worried about concussions now.

    Well, except for Conte.

    • willbest

      He isn’t on a rookie contract though. 49ners have paid him 37.7 million since 2010. Even with California absurd taxes and agency fees he is probably seen close to 18 million of it. Though he will have to give about 6.7 million back (or whats left of it probably, lord knows how the contract is structured). If he has somebody halfway competent looking out for him (and sadly most these people don’t) he could be living fairly large on 700-800k in annual income, in addition to 2-4% growth in principle for the rest of his life.

    • Trac

      Something is going on in SF. Is blackmail out of the question?

      • The GP

        Jed Dork is going on.

    • BearDown100393

      Is this guy with 1 unibrow?

  • Viva

    Da Hawkcse!

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Soccer: Friendlies against Dutch and Germans may not matter when it comes to results but they matter in terms of developing young roster.

    >> American football: Preseason doesn’t matter?

  • The GP
    • Irish Sweetness

      “John Cusack says Cutler is what he is.”

      The Word. He feels it like the blog.

    • Viva

      Who?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Actor. He’s had a nice career.

        Plays one of the two portraying Brian Wilson in the new bio-pic.

        I thought he was good in 8 MEN OUT (he played Sox 3bman, Buck Weaver).

        He’s con man in THE GRIFTERS,

        He’s in CON AIR.

        He swells up in the very excellent Manhattan Project movie FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY.

        Among others.

        • Viva

          I think the only movie I ever saw him in was Say Anything.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I caught that once, eons ago on a free HBO weekend. I didn’t think it was half bad. John Mahoney co-starred along with Ione Skye.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude. The Sure Thing ? I think I watched that more than Star Wars,

            His latest movie with Robert De Niro is worth a watch, The Bag Man, and he starred in a great western his dad wrote, The Jack Bull.

        • Cormonster

          I think Cusack’s first movie role was sniffing Molly Ringwald’s panties in Sixteen Candles.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wasn’t that Anthony Michael Hall?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Hmm. You could be right. Cusack IS in Sixteen Candles.

          • Cormonster

            He was one of Anthony’s nerd friends charging other nerds to view her panties in the bathroom.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Long time since I saw that. Also on a “Free HBO Weekend”.

          • Johnnywad

            Hey Cor. Nice to see you back.

        • willbest

          Gross Pointe Blank was his best movie. Though I have a soft spot for Better off Dead. That movie, like Blazing Saddles, couldn’t be made today.

        • BearDown100393

          He was decent in Grosse Pointe Blank. That was also the last real good performance I’ve watched by Dan Akroyd.

    • BearDown100393

      John Cusack kind of sucked portraying a guy banished from baseball. It was kind of cool to see him swell up from radiation poisoning after a screw up in the old nuclear bomb lab.

  • Irish Sweetness

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/bears-football/7/71/663060/bears-pernell-mcphee-learning-secrets-new-d

    Sounds good.

    “How he’s got us playing — I can’t tell the secrets — but he’s got us where, you don’t know who’s dropping, you don’t know who’s rushing,” McPhee said, “It’s just different. It’s very creative.”

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/663564/bears-enter-2015-top-backfield

    Good vid of Jaquizz. He’s like a mini-Walter !!

    • SC Dave

      Another mini-Walter? What happened to the last one… Carey was it?

      • The GP

        It was Michael Ford.

        I don’t know why that guy didn’t stick. I blame Trestman. He had a hard nose and had some wheels to the outside. He was undersized, but had they kept him around, they could have put some tread back on Forte last year – who was brutally overused.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Where in the world is Michael Ford?

  • Viva

    I wonder if the league will give Patrick Sharp an assist on Tampa’s last goal. He appeared to be working very hard on their behalf.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pretty good bet Sharpie will be a Cap victim this summer.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Possibly even a “Healthy Scratch” Monday night? Q is not bashful about using that technique to send his messages.

  • Viva

    Great job by their coach stalling with the refs after we tied it up in the 3rd. When your opponent scores in bunches you gotta do something to kill their mo…

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    I would love it if Tiger Woods released a statement Monday morning announcing his retirement. This is just sad to watch now.”

    He’s a 39 year old with multiple back surgeries, a knee surgery and busted leg on his resume’.

    He had a great run. The most dominant run in the history of Pro Golf.

    Without the health issues, he’s likely passed The Golden Bear in majors by now.

    But without the hip issue, who knows what Bo Jackson accomplishes?

    I DO recall golf experts predicting early on that the way Woods attacked a golf ball would take it’s toll on his body in the long run.

    Obviously, he continues to kid himself as he tried to convince himself his first round was this week (tied for 85th?) was a good showing.

    The too many members of the media who keep thinking Tiger’s going to be back as a force on the PGA tour anymore need to stop kidding themselves, too.

    Tiger is done and he’s BEEN done for some time.

    The sad comparisons that come to my mind are Willie Mays & Joe Namath who both also stayed too long at the fair.

    • BerwynBomber

      Really, Al? Done? Never rooted for him but he is immensely talented and though I agree about the injury/long-term effects, I can’t believe he is done.

      My own take — and hey I’m hardly an expert — is that he has to give up the ghost of trying to overpower golf courses and become a longer version of Jim Furyk. Hell, hit 3-wood off most driving holes, even if it puts him at a disadvantage in approaching at least he will be in the fairway. Or should be.

      But I certainly agree he will never dominate again. Lots of reasons but one of them is that these young guys are damn good and have little fear of him.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Well I AM hardly an expert !

        OK,yeah, I’m no no expert either but…

        I have to stand by my first take, BB.

        I say “Done” .

        I think he came back to soon after his most recent back surgery (which I strongly suspect was more serious than his camp would lt on) and stubbornly refuses to take the time off necessary to give his body at a least a CHANCE to heal up enough to give HIM a chance to be at least good again.

        He has trouble stringing back-to-back good rounds together any more, let alone 3 or 4.

        • BearDown100393

          Brutal truth. He lost his way professionally and privately when his father died. No different than Mike Tyson going down the drain when his surrogate father/trainer Cus D’Amato passed away.

    • BearDown100393

      Woods in a PGA tournament continues to make everyone associated with the sport a lot of money. The other golfers are certainly not going to complain.

  • Trac

    Too bad the shitty concessions at Belmont kept Jeff from being able to sit his grandson on his lap one day and tell him about witnessing the first triple crown in 38 years in person. Hahaha

  • AlbertInTucson

    All Hail American Pharaoh!

    When I was a kid, I thought 25 years was an ETERNITY between racing’s Triple Crown.

    Especially since Citation did it before I was born.

    Then come the 1970s and “Bam! Bam! Bam!” Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed in short order.

    Then THIRTY-SEVEN years to wait for the next one!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Congrats to AP on the triple crown, but some things are a mystery ..

      1. I need to told what’s amazing about winning two 10F races and a 12F race. This is not some outrageous athletic ‘feat’. A horse like Sea The Stars, won all the top races over 8F, 10 F and 12F. Freakish.

      2. AP was rated 128 before that race. That means that over 10F, the great Frankel (147) could have given AP an 18 length head start and still beaten him.

      Congrats also to Frankie Dettori on the same day, riding the winner of the greatest horse race on earth – the true test of a thoroughbred – the Epsom Derby. Ahem.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Don’t understand the need to “pooh-pooh’ American Pharoah.

        The fact that this feat happens, on average, once a decade or so and HASN’T been accomplished in nearly FOUR decades doesn’t tell you anything?

        Frankel, Sea the Stars. Great Horses. Not here to denigrate them.

        As a 3-year old , Sea The Stars swept six races. But over the course of SIX MONTHS.

        The Triple Crown Horse 3 Year Old wins 3 times, at 3 distances in the space of 5 weeks.

        • Trac

          It’s an Irish thing Al. Blame in on the Leprechaun’s.

      • Trac

        What about Phar lap Irish? Hmm…hmm..

  • AlbertInTucson

    More amazing:

    A Triple Crown Horse or someone TRADING for a punter?

  • BearDown100393
    • AlbertInTucson

      Don’t worry, after the Ray McDonald flap, I don’t think the Bears will try and sign her.

      • BearDown100393

        McCaskey couldn’t reach her father as a background check. I’ll just it at that. Yes I’m being terrible.

      • Scharfinator

        She does have good hands though.

    • willbest

      Domestic violence by women doesn’t exist. All those studies that show women instigate 40-45% of it against their spouses, and commit 60% of child abuse are total bullshit. And no there is no epidemic of lesbian domestic violence either. Because why would there be.

      • BearDown100393

        Ray meet Hope.
        Hope meet Ray.
        Garbage meet Garbage.

    • that article illustrates perfectly the difficulty with getting prosecutions for these instances. They’re traumatic events, so victim testimony can be somewhat unreliable, and the defense lawyer’s only real course of defense is often to try and slander the victims, like you see in this instance (and from Ray McDonald).
      Just another illustration of why “no conviction” =/= not guilty. 99% of the time people with multiple domestic abuse charges are abusers, even if none of them ever go to trial.

  • Waffle

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000495951/article/swole-steelers-wr-martavis-bryant-packed-on-10-lbs

    I remember during the draft when my old business partner who went to Clemson called me and said, and i quote, “I can’t believe the Bears have a chance to pick up Martavis Bryant, a 6/4 215 WR with tremendous upside that went to Clemson…trust me, it will be a steal in the 4th”

    Not to be outdone, Emery goes with Ka’Deem Carey. mmmmmmmmmmBears.

    • I really think everybody’s being too quick to write Carey off. Loved him coming out of college, we didn’t get to see enough of him last year to make any NFL-level judgments. Still think he can (will?) be a solid NFL RB.

      • Waffle

        more of a lament that Martavis Bryant was available for cheese and crackers….

        • who’s to say Bryant turns out better than Carey?

          • Waffle

            Drafted in the fourth round a year ago, Bryant finished his rookie season with 26 receptions for 549 yards and was second on the team to Antonio Brown with eight touchdown catches….in 10 GAMES!!!
            He also led the Steelers with 21.1 yards per reception, highlighted by a 94-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals that kickstarted Pittsburgh’s run to the AFC North title.
            Oh…..then he packed on 10lbs of muscle this past summer so now he’s 6’4 225lbs.
            Boom.

          • he definitely had a nice rookie year. No saying he turns into an NFL stud. No saying Carey doesn’t. Give it time.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            nfl history is littered with players that had decent rookie years then did not amount to anything after it.

  • Trac

    John Fox is a funny guy.

  • Viva

    Da Hawksce!

  • The GP

    Listened to Bears Extra yesterday on 670 with Joniak and Thayer. They interviewed Antrelle Rolle.

    They described the “giddyness” at Halas Hall, the feeling that this is a real football team again, the players are loose and not uptight, and then Thayer dropped this gem: “there is a ding-dong the witch is dead feeling about Trestman and Emery being gone.”

    Exactly, Tommy skin tone. Exactly.

    • BearDown100393

      “I like the way he talks about it. The goal is to win championships,”
      McCaskey said of the franchise’s newest hire. “He has a very commanding presence. He’s a leader. He’s got a vision, (and) he’s an accomplished talent evaluator. He’s detailed, meticulous, a tireless worker and we think he’s gonna do a great job for us. He’s gonna make sure that everybody’s involved in moving us forward.” – George McCaskey

      Sounds awesome right?

      He was referring to Phil Emery
      1/30/2012

      • The GP

        “He’s detailed, meticulous, a tireless worker”

        Work Ethic without any underlying talent or brains just digs you into a hole faster.

        -Management by GP

        • BearDown100393

          “”It’s a great hire. I couldn’t be more excited. He’s been successful wherever he’s been,” he said, according to the team’s website.” – Jay Cutler
          Sounds awesome right?
          He was referring to Marc Trestman
          1/16/2013

        • Just like being fast but stupid. Just. Makes a player get to the wrong place faster

  • The GP

    “Maybach in the Median” – that’s Meriweather’s next hit rap…

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/patriots-release-lb-brandon-spikes/story?id=31610804

    • BearDown100393

      Vic Fangio vouches for the guy.

  • AlbertInTucson
    • BearDown100393

      George is looking up mom’s phone number on the rolodex.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Phone Ringing…

        Brandon’s Mom: “Hello?”

        George:”Hello? Mrs. Spikes?

        Brandon’s Mom: “Speaking.”

        George: “George McCaskey. Chicago Bears, here.”

        Brandon’s Mom: “Oh, hello, Mr. McCaskey. So nice of you to call”

        George: “Call me George, please. I was just wondering if you could please tell me what actually happened with Brandon and his vehicle this weekend?”

        Brandon’s Mom: “Well, George, it’s like this: He hit a deer.”

        George: CLICK.

        Brandon’s Mom: “Hello? Hello??? George? Mr. McCaskey? Hello?”

        • BearDown100393

          Doe. A doe. A female deer
          RAY, a drop of golden sun….

  • AlbertInTucson

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    ANOTHER Patriot player foulup, YIKES…



    …realizing New England’s worst fear.



    This time it’s linebacker, Brandon Spikes…



    …leaving the scene because “He hit a deer”?



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    • The GP

      Boom boom boom
      I hit Bambi in her room
      Doin triple digits down the 185
      Flyin in the Maybach
      Sittin in the wayback
      with my lady by my side.

  • The GP

    Now that AP has gotten his shit outta the way and come back to the Vikes, are they now better than the Bears? Bridgewater showed flashes of maturing last year, Patterson is over his sophmore slump and AP will play BeastMode-lite, given he’s still got the motor they say he does.

    I expect a Lions regression with no Suh, and the Bears to be the 3rd best team, but the Vikes might have it together.

    • Itll hinge on the wild card, Bridgewater. We’ve been this route before w Ponder. True, Bridgewater looked sharper than Ponder, but hey, RG3 had a great rookie season too.

  • Scharfinator

    Bears sign Tracy Porter. So glad we decided to bring that bounty hunting piece of shit on board.

    • The GP

      Great. An 8 year vet who has played a full season exactly once in his career. And was part of Bountygate.

      Class move on the heels of the McDonald shitstorm, Ryan. Class move.

      • Guess they’re not impressed w Hurst, McManis, or even Jennings?
        Jennings looked pretty bad last season. Figured it was bubba gump, but maybe he’s washed out.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i am ok with this signing

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Mike Francesa just described Joe DiMaggio as “the most miserable human being that’s ever lived.” That CAN’T be true, can it?”

    Once upon a time, I was first and foremost a die hard baseball fan.

    Sadly, that IS the rep I’ve come to accept about “Joltin’ Joe” thru all my years.

    He, like Ted Williams, was not terribly warm & fuzzy with fans.

    He once held out for a (the first?) $100, 000 contract.
    Yankee fans resented him two-fold.
    A)For holding out and B) Daring to ask for for more than Babe Ruth, who topped out at $80K per, ever made in a season.

    Not sure Joe ever forgot that.

    Also, supposedly, he wanted NO part of mentoring heir apparent, Mickey Mantle.
    RUMOR has it he failed to warn rookie Mick about a drain or sprinkler in right center at old Yankee Stadium that Mantle caught his foot on and tore up his right knee but I suspect that’s more urban legend.

    Also, supposedly, “Mr. Coffee” dumped Marilyn Monroe because when they were married, HER fame was on the rise and HIS was in decline.

    That said, I think that 56 game hitting streak is never going to be equaled.

    • BearDown100393

      Ty Cobb.
      ‘Nuff said.

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